According to Safe Kids Worldwide, on average, twice as many child pedestrians are killed while walking on Halloween compared to any other day of the year, and more than 70 percent of accidents occur away from an intersection or crosswalk.
“These are scary statistics, but by taking a few simple precautions, you can ensure ghosts and goblins of all ages have a safe and fun-filled Halloween,” says Oswego Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director Randy Griffin.
The Oswego Fire Department offers these tips to help stay safe this Halloween:
• Stay Visible: Bring flashlights, glow sticks and reflective goodie bags.
• Use the Sidewalk: Stay on the sidewalk and off the road when going house to house.
• Use Cross Walks: Never cross in between parked cars, use the crosswalks.
• Be Fire Safe: Use glow sticks or battery powered lights instead of candles.
• Smoke Alarms: Make sure smoke alarms are in good working condition.
• Stay Alert: Report suspicious behavior to authorities.
“Halloween is one of the busiest days of the year for our Police Officers and Firefighters,” says Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow. “By following these safety tips, we can all remain safe, and have an enjoyable evening.”
Residents are reminded to call 911 for any emergencies.